During an interview with some journalists, the former leader of Al Nusra front (former Al Qaeda affiliate in Syria), Abu Muhammed Al Jolani, said;
“As for our association with al – Qaeda, al Qaeda is a Muslim organization that rose to defend the Muslims, supported their causes and sacrificed a lot of their blood. Al Qaeda was behind the failure of the war in Afghanistan. Al Qaeda was behind the failure of the American occupation of Iraq. Al Qaeda is an organization that, along with others, restored honor and dignity to the Muslims.
I do not wish to belittle the efforts of others; however, over the past fifteen years al Qaeda led the Islamic Nation in its military operations and granted the Muslims a status that befits them”